Give Mental Health Patients A Chance

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Not Giving Up On Mental Illness

Many people continue to view mental health patients as “the crazies; the no good for nothing weirdos who do weird things and are just weird!” But this couldn’t be farthest from the truth. With a little medication and some talk therapy, you can unmask the most beautiful flowers that you will ever come across; more beautiful than many people who don’t have a mental illness. Remember that it’s not what goes inside one’s mouth that makes or breaks an individual; it’s what comes out because what comes out is from the heart.

With mental illness, it’s easy to erroneously believe that one’s heart is wicked, rotten or broken from the start. But it’s not their heart; it never was. It’s their mind which is malfunctioning, giving the appearance of a bad heart. It’s often easier to fix one’s mind than it is to fix one’s heart; once the heart goes astray, only God has the ability to help their poor soul. But with the mind, many wonderful opportunities are available if an individual with a mental illness is given a chance.

Many mentally ill patients suffer from a chronic disorder, giving even the most experienced psychiatrists loss of hope for return to a stable state of mind. But loss of hope is the difference between those who don’t achieve from those who conquer the highest mountains. Treating a mental illness may prove to be challenging at times, but what is more challenging is finding the strength to believe in your patient when your patient doesn’t believe in themselves.

Patients must always be given a chance no matter how chronic their illness is. As psychiatrists, we don’t rely on miracles but experience, knowledge, art and faith. As Jesus Christ once said, “The people of today want a miracle. I will not give them one.” We don’t need a miracle to see improvement; we just need empathy, on-point psychopharmacology and the belief that our patients will improve.

Sometimes we have to believe for our patients when they lack the belief in themselves. Sometimes we have to give the people who we know in our lives more opportunities to access mental healthcare, especially when the opportunities lie down the street or around the corner. Sometimes we have to extend a hand and place our interests aside for one day. Sometimes we have to let go of our ego and focus on helping someone else out, even when we don’t feel like being of help.

Sometimes we just need to give someone a chance, for a chance is all that they are asking for. Sometimes a chance is all they need to recover from their mental illness.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

Dreams Keep Us Alive

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A Fantasy Called Dreams

Whether the past, present (or for some of you, the future), most people would agree that without our dreams, we’d be lost somewhere in the abyss. Dreams provide direction, meaning and the ability to believe. Without belief, we remain lost. But with it, we dream on. And dreaming is what we want.

Our body requires blood to circulate oxygen, nutrients and waste products. Our mind requires a creative, inspiring and seductive fantasy called dreams. These “things” keep us going when at our lowest and most unattractive states of mind. Did I mention that they keep us going even when elated?

Those who dream consistently and believe them wholeheartedly for years at a time, have a very good chance at achieving them with persistence. Don’t forget consistence – the repetition of persistence. When this formula is applied, (is it a formula?), it makes dreams come true.

The best part of dreams is seeing them play out throughout your life. Sometimes they are accomplished earlier than expected, and you must come up with new ones. And sometimes you can accept a little assistance from a significant other, to help you out with a new dream.

The key is to not look too hard and don’t wait too long. Trust your eye, heart and instinct. If you believe a certain goal accompanied by a beautiful image is worth your time, then by no means, strive for it! But once you start striving for a dream, giving up on it would only be subpar. You can accomplish it with persistence.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)